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April 11, 2013

Duncan school district to conduct public forums

DUNCAN — Four public forums will provide parents and community members insight into Duncan Public Schools.

The school district will kick off its spring education forums at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. Although four forums are planned, the same topics will be discussed at each. By having multiple forums, community members will have several opportunities to make it to a session.

“We want the community to be informed,” Superintendent Sherry Labyer said.

The forums will cover several topics, including new things happening in the schools, the impact of sequestration and increasing number of students enrolling in Duncan Public Schools, despite the decreasing funding.

Discussions will also include laws passed by legislators that have an impact on education and the budgets for the upcoming school year.

Parents and community members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the school district administration, which will include Labyer, and assistant superintendents Glenda Cobb and Rodney Calhoun.

“We’re going to tag team the presentation,” Labyer said. “It will better hold people’s interest.”

In addition to Monday’s forum, all of the forums will be at 6:30 p.m. The second forum will be April 22 at the Duncan Middle School. The third forum is slated for April 23 at Horace Mann Elementary. And the final forum will be April 25 at Plato Elementary.

Each location was selected because they offer opportunities for more participation, Labyer said. The goal is to get as many people to each forum as possible so more people know what’s happening with the school district.

She said that, regardless of how many or few people attend each forum, the presentation will take place.

“If we only have two people show up, that’s two more people who are informed,” Labyer said.

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